Bishop's Bread II

Bishop's Bread II

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"Great for gifts. Make ahead and freeze for later. Rich and tasty!"


2 h 20 m servings 507 cals
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Original recipe yields 24 servings



  • Calories:
  • 507 kcal
  • 25%
  • Fat:
  • 25.1 g
  • 39%
  • Carbs:
  • 71.4g
  • 23%
  • Protein:
  • 6.3 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 31 mg
  • 10%
  • Sodium:
  • 302 mg
  • 12%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Lightly grease two 9x5 inch loaf pans.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the margarine and sugar until light and fluffy. Stir in the eggs one at a time, beating well with each addition.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift together flour, salt and baking powder. In a third bowl, combine the buttermilk, baking soda, vanilla extract and maraschino cherry juice.
  4. Stir the milk mixture and flour mixture alternately into the egg mixture until a soft batter is formed. Fold in cherries, chocolate chips, dates, coconut and pecans. Pour batter into prepared pans.
  5. Bake in preheated oven for 90 to 120 minutes, until loaves are firm and a toothpick inserted into the center of each loaf comes out clean.
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  1. 9 Ratings


After trying this last Thanksgiving, I made loaves and loaves at Christmastide to take to parties and give as gifts. EVERYONE RAVES about this bread! Very pretty plated, unusual so it stands o...

A little disappointing, but I may try it again. It had a bit of a flour-y taste so next time I may use a little almond extract to enhance the cherry flavor. Also, my oven baked this in more li...

This was a good start. I left out the dates and coconut. Next time I will add more cherries. My husband wanted more chocolate chips but using less then called for was just fine. I will make a...

The dates and coconut added a bit more sweetness to this recipe. We liked it, but I would probably leave out the dates and coconut next time. Thanks for a great recipe!

I had another recipe for Bishop's bread that had almost no liquid. I liked this a lot better. I added a cup of candied cherries to the recipe so each piece would have the cherries in it. Otherwi...

I love this!!!!!!!! This bread has become a staple for the holidays. I do cut the sugar down by 1 cup and cover the bread with reynolds wrap for the end of the bake time to keep the bread moist.

Talk about a chunky monkey colossal of a bread. It's thick, dense, sturdy and full. We liked the bread but felt I could have decreased the amount of chocolate chips by 1/2 that it calls for. Lov...